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Robotics, Automation and Internet of Things


The advance in microprocessors and microcontrollers has enabled the construction of large-scale  automation systems in industry and society, in which robots could play a major role. Especially, the low cost of microcontrollers has enabled the emergence of smart sensors and smart actuators, which in return  has propelled the wide adoptions of the so-called Internet of Things (IoT). 

Therefore, the objective of this course is to equip the learners with the basic knowledge of robotics,  automation systems and networked smart devices which are readily deployable in industry and society.


The course’s benefits to the learners include: a) the understanding of robotics and automation systems in  industry, b) the understanding of networked sensors, actuators and controllers, and c) the ability of  applying learnt knowledge to operate robots, automation systems and internet of things in industry and  society, d) (optional) the ability of applying learnt knowledge to design and implement robots, automation  systems and internet of things for industry and society.

Course Objective

The learning objective is for learners to be prepared to become users and designers of robots, automation  systems and internet of things which could be deployed in industry and society. 

Course Outline

Session 1: Motion Systems in Robotics 

Motion Planning in Robotics 


Session 2: Processes in Industrial Automation  

Control in Industrial Automation 


Session 3: Serial Communications 

Network Interface to Serial Communications 


Session 4: Sensors in Internet of Things 

Network Interface to Sensors 


Session 5: Group Presentations by students

Teaching Methodology

Through a mix of lecture, pre-reading materials and interactive workout sessions, participants will  have a better understanding of what it means to be future ready and what business strategy  management and business transformation is needed to be successful and sustain that success.  

About the Trainer

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Dr Xie Ming received the B.Eng degree in control and automation engineering. Subsequently, as a recipient  of the overseas scholarship from Chinese government, he has completed the study for Master degree in  the University of Valenciennes (France) as well as the research for PhD degree in the University of Rennes  (France).

He is Associate Professor of Nanyang Technological University, and was a Fellow with Singapore-MIT  Alliance (SMA). He was the General Chair of 2007 International Conference on Climbing and Walking  Robots (CLAWAR), the General Chair of 2009 International Conference on Intelligent Robotics and  Applications (ICIRA), the Co-founder of the International Journal of Humanoid Robotics (SCI/SCIE indexed),  Co-founder of Singapore-China Association for Advancement of Science and Technology, Co-founder of  Robotics Society of Singapore.  

He has taught the courses such as Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, Applied Machine Vision, Measurement  and Sensing Systems, Microprocessor Systems, and University Physics. In terms of scientific research, he  has published three books, two edited books, several book chapters, over 10 patents of invention, over  30 research papers in scientific journals and over 100 research papers in international conferences.  


He was the recipient of one best conference paper award from World Automation Congress, the recipient  of one best conference paper award from CLAWAR, the recipient of one outstanding paper award from  International Journal of Industrial Robot, the recipient of one Gold Prize (S$8K) from CrayQuest, the  recipient of one Grand Champion Prize (S$15K) from CrayQuest, the recipient of one A-Star's Best  Research Idea Prize (S$5K), the recipient of one Silver Medal from Dragon Design Foundation.

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